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Tech Football teaches team about adversity off the field with special spectator

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Texas Tech football players spent a Friday morning at High Point Village. It's a place for adults with intellectual disabilities. One villager had an extended week of fun and got a little closer to Red Raider Football.

"I mean life's a lot bigger than football. But football can still bring joy to a lot of people in a lot of communities," linebacker, Evan Rambo said. "We just enjoy what we do and we want to make other people happy as well."

The Red Raiders put a lot of smiles on the faces of the villagers, but for one, his smile lasted all week.

"They're dedicating the game to me, which blew me away," Chris Brogan said.

Brogan was Texas Tech's special spectator. It's something the team does every week.

"I got to break them out of practice and tour the facilities," he said.

He was also recognized on the field before kickoff at the Iowa State game.

Chris Brogan fought for his life in April of 2012. During his freshman year at Texas Tech, he was riding his moped when another driver ran a red light and hit him.

"Causing a tib fib fracture on my right leg and causing me to land over her car," Brogan recalled. "Thank God I was wearing a helmet because otherwise that'd be the end of me."

He was in a coma and woke up two months later in Denver, Colorado.

Matt Wells and his coaching staff teach their players there's no such thing as adversity on the football field.

"There's problems and then there's just real problems out there. We can all deal with giving up a touchdown, scoring a touchdown on the football field so there's no adversity there. There's other people having a lot more troubling times," Rambo said.

According to Brogan, he watches the football team fight on the field, and he hopes he shows them how to fight through life.


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